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Humber Bridge Viewing Area

The Humber Bridge Viewing Area is one of the jewels in North Lincolnshire’s crown.

The spectacular Humber Bridge spans the estuary to the north, Far Ings Nature Reserve sits to the west, Waters’ Edge Country Park is on its eastern edge and the area includes the beginning of the 147-mile Viking Way.

Aerial view looking out form Barton to Humber Bridge

Daffodils growing at the Humber Bridge viewing area

Green space at the Humber Bridge viewing area

Wild flowers growing at Humber Bridge viewing area

Sign for Waters Edge visitor centre

View of Humber Bridge through the trees

Main features:

The Humber Bridge

When finally opened in 1981 the Humber Bridge became the longest bridge of its type in the world. This was a crown it held until 1998 and as of 2023 it ranks as the 12th largest single span bridge in the world. The bridge directly connects the counties of North Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire and sees over 33,000 crossing per day. The total length of the Grade 1 listed structure is a massive a centre span of 1410m and a total length of 2,220m.

The Viking Way

The Viking Way, so called because it crosses significant areas that were occupied by Norse invaders, serves as one of the UKs longest walking routes. Starting here at the Humber Bridge Viewing Area it is possible to undertake 147 miles of recognised rambling route that can take you as far as Rutland. Of course, the walk can be significantly scaled down to enjoy the Humber Estuary and local nature reserves or scaled up for those seeking considerable distance and challenge.

Waters’ Edge Nature Reserve

The Humber Bridge Viewing Area provides immediate access to the Waters’ Edge Nature Reserve comprising 110 acres of reserve with extensive visitor and educational facilities for a free family day out. The visitors centre offers hot drinks, food, displays and educational themes throughout the year and is open 9am to 5pm on weekdays and 10am to 4pm on weekends.

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